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					   SULLEN



     By

Peter Pascoal
                          “SULLEN”

INT. CAR – NIGHT

GERARD, a middle-aged man, sits in his car listening to the
radio. It‟s parked on the side of the road in the city
park. He wears a large trench coat and sunglasses. He
puffs a cigarette in his mouth.

                      RADIO ANNOUNCER
         Our top story tonight: A serial
         killer is on the loose, and
         authorities are left stumped.
         Known as The Playground killer,
         he‟s killed five children already
         in the past month, and yesterday
         he claimed the life of a third
         victim. Serenity Ashford was only
         9 years old and was playing with
         her friends at the local park.
         She didn‟t return home, and when
         authorities discovered her body in
         a nearby alley, her mother was in
         tears.

GERARD shifts uncomfortably in his seat as the mother
speaks on the radio.

                      SERENITY‟S MOTHER
         She… she was always outside
         playing with her friends. She
         knows to come back home before
         sunset. Her friends left her to
         go back home to their families…
         Why did my baby have to die?

                      RADIO ANNOUNCER
         Police have had few leads in
         tracking the killer, and the only
         connection between the victims are
         the age and locations they took
         place in. Police advise to keep
         your children safe by having an
         adult supervising them at all
         times, and they strongly caution
         against letting your children
         outside at night--
GERARD shuts off the radio with a gloved hand.

(quiet, muffled conversation is heard in the distance)

GERARD turns his head in the direction of the sound.

EXT. CITY PARK – NIGHT

CAITLYN, an 11-year-old girl, is standing in the park,
peering into a group of bushes. The park is deathly
silent, save for the sound of crickets. She whispers
loudly into the bushes.

                        CAITLYN
         Sully!    Sully!

CAITLYN watches the bushes rustle slightly.

(quiet whimpering noise)

                      CAITLYN
         Sully, I know you‟re in there!
         Come out!

EXT. CAR – NIGHT

GERARD stands outside of his car. He takes one long puff
of his cigarette before quickly putting it out on the
ground with his foot. He exhales the smoke and draws a
pistol, cocking it.

EXT. CITY PARK - NIGHT

CAITLYN shivers. SULLIVAN, a 10-year-old boy, emerges
slowly from the bushes. He sniffles. His eyes are red
from crying.

                      SULLIVAN
         I‟m sorry, Caity. I‟m scared.
         I‟m scared to go home.

                      CAITLYN
         I know. I‟m scared too. We
         shouldn‟t be out here. You need
         to get back home. Your mom called
         my mom looking for you.
                      SULLIVAN
         You‟re gonna get in trouble for
         this, huh?

CAITLYN shrugs.

                      CAITLYN
         You‟re my friend.

SULLIVAN smiles.

EXT. CITY PARK - NIGHT

GERARD is quietly running through the park, gun in hand.

EXT. CITY PARK – NIGHT

CAITLYN and SULLIVAN walk through the city park. CAITLYN
walks slightly ahead of SULLIVAN, pulling him along by his
wrist. SULLIVAN drags his feet, looking at the ground as
he walks behind her. He‟s still sniffling.

                      SULLIVAN
         My mom‟s gonna kill me.

                      CAITLYN
         I think she‟s just scared, „cause
         of what happened to your sister.

                      SULLIVAN
         Yeah… mom misses Angela a lot.

The two children continue to walk in silence a while
longer.

                         SULLIVAN
         Caity?

                         CAITLYN
         What?

                      SULLIVAN
         Thanks for being my only friend.

CAITLYN stops walking and turns to look at SULLIVAN.
                      CAITLYN
         It‟s okay, Sully. I like being
         your friend.

                      SULLIVAN
         You‟re the only one I can talk to.

                      CAITLYN
         Did you have something you wanted
         to tell me?

                       SULLIVAN
         Yeah, but…
               (mumbling)
         … it‟s a secret.

GERARD continues to run through the park.

                      CAITLYN
         You can tell me, Sully.     I won‟t
         tell no one.

                      SULLIVAN
         Don‟t tell no one! Please…

                      CAITLYN
         Cross my heart, hope to die.

                       SULLIVAN
         Well, I…

SULLIVAN fights back tears.

                      SULLIVAN
         I kinda like you.

CAITLYN smiles shyly and blushes.

                       CAITLYN
         Aw, Sully.   I like you too.

                        SULLIVAN
         No, no!    That‟s not it.

                       CAITLYN
         What else?
GERARD is nearby. He hears the children‟s voices and ducks
behind a large tree about a hundred feet away so they won‟t
be able to see him.

                      SULLIVAN
         I was watching TV with Angela… she
         was making fun of me. She told me
         that I had no friends „cause I
         didn‟t like anything. I told her
         it wasn‟t true. I said,
         “Caitlyn‟s my friend.” She kept
         making fun of me. She said… she
         said that I didn‟t like to do
         anything, and that‟s why no one
         ever wanted to play with me.

                      CAITLYN
         It‟s okay, Sully.

                      SULLIVAN
         I got so mad at her. I screamed
         at her to stop making fun of me,
         but she just laughed. So… I got
         on top of her and I, I grabbed
         her… by the neck…

CAITLYN‟s eyes grew wide.   SULLIVAN looks past her, as if
he no longer saw her.

                      SULLIVAN
         I squeezed. She kept laughing at
         me. So I squeezed harder. She
         was still laughing. So I squeezed
         harder. Then… she stopped
         laughing. Her eyes got big. She
         started crying and saying she
         couldn‟t breathe.

                      CAITLYN
         Sully…!

                      SULLIVAN
         I wasn‟t planning on killing her!
         I never ever thought about killing
         her… my mind kept saying things,
         though. I didn‟t want her to die,
         but… I wanted to see what she
         looked like if she stopped moving.
         I wanted to see if I could do it.

Tears begin falling down CAITLYN‟s cheeks as she slowly
backs away.

                      SULLIVAN
         She was scared. I saw it. And I
         kept yelling at myself to stop. I
         knew she was sorry. She wasn‟t
         going to make fun of me anymore.
         I knew it. She was crying. She
         told me she loved me. She didn‟t
         say it, but I could tell. And I
         wanted to stop… but I didn‟t.

SULLIVAN starts crying.

                      SULLIVAN
         Her body started shaking. I got
         scared and I let go. She wasn‟t
         moving. I told her to get up and
         she didn‟t. So I pushed her, but
         she still didn‟t move. So I ran
         home and told mommy I found her.

                      SULLIVAN
         I told myself I wouldn‟t do it
         again. But I still got teased by
         the other kids. They made me so
         mad… if I stopped Angela I could
         stop them too…

SULLIVAN turns to CAITLYN, sobbing.

                      SULLIVAN
         I‟m so sorry, Caity! I didn‟t
         mean to kill her… Help me Caity!
         You‟re my only friend… I don‟t
         know what to do. Mom‟s gonna kill
         me if she finds out. Please, help
         me!

CAITLYN begins hyperventilating.

                      CAITLYN
         Get… get away from me!    I‟m gonna
         call the cops! I…
CAITLYN looks around frantically and starts sobbing
hysterically.

                       CAITLYN
         Mom!   Oh, God, please help me!

SULLIVAN pulls out a knife from his pocket.   He begins to
walk toward CAITLYN, who backs up further.

                      SULLIVAN
         Caity, don‟t cry… you gotta help
         me. You said you wouldn‟t tell
         anyone. I can‟t let you tattle on
         me…

CAITLYN screams and begins to run. SULLIVAN runs after
her. CAITLYN nears the edge of the park, when suddenly
GERARD pops out from behind a tree in front of her. He
aims his pistol in her direction and fires. She screams
again and falls to the ground. GERARD runs past her and
toward SULLIVAN.

Once GERARD passes CAITLYN, she realizes she wasn‟t shot,
gets up and takes a look behind her. She begins sobbing
hysterically as she sees SULLIVAN lying on the ground
before her, twisting and crying in agony. SULLIVAN‟s leg
had been shot. GERARD handcuffs him, then turns to look at
CAITLYN.

                      GERARD
         I‟m sorry, young lady, that you
         had to see that. I‟m Lieutenant
         Gerard Armstrong. I‟m with the
         police. I had a hunch he was in
         the area. I‟m glad we got him
         before you were victim number
         seven.

GERARD pulls out a walkie-talkie.

                      GERARD
         This is Unit 5-7. We got him.
         Dispatch an ambulance at my
         location. Over.
EXT. CITY PARK – NIGHT

SULLIVAN is on a stretcher in the ambulance. Police and
cop cars are surrounding the area. Sirens are flashing
everywhere. CAITLYN is watching SULLIVAN, still visibly
shaken.

                      SULLIVAN
         Caity! I‟m sorry! Please! I
         wanna be your friend! I don‟t
         wanna hurt you… please! Don‟t
         tell mom! She‟ll kill me… I
         didn‟t mean to…

(SULLIVAN’s cries are muffled by the ambulance doors’
closing. Ambulance sirens)

                         GERARD
         You okay?

CAITLYN stares at the ambulance as it drives off.

(sirens and SULLIVAN’s cries fade)

                                                    FADE OUT

				
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